On the weekend we popped up the coast to visit some dear ones and their kids. Our children are all merely months apart and have grown up knowing each other, but then they went and had a third child….Baby Wren, as my kids call her.

Generally I have a 10 second rule on holding babies as anything after that may stimulate my ovaries but I’m afraid to say that I held that dear sweet baby for quite a while.

Her Mama had had a long drive with Baby Wren screaming in the back and when I saw her she looked frayed.

I remember that feeling, of not being able to soothe my wailing baby, and them not being able to tell me what was wrong. So helpless, everyone in that situation.

We spent the night and in the 18 or so hours we saw them that baby just seemed to eat and sleep. I forgot about that too. Endless rounds of feeding and nappies.

I sat with that sweet smelling baby on my lap and I rubbed my cheek on her downy head, as her hands were grasping at hair to tug, and suddenly I remembered that…

That feeling, that primal nurturing feeling, and I knew I had overheld the baby and stirred those slumbering ovaries.

It made me wonder for a moment – could I do it again (relationship status notwithstanding)…. could I go back to that endless, thankless, crazy newborn phase and do the whole damned thing again?

Obviously, I could – biologically I’m ticking away sure, but I physically could, the question is:

Holy dooly twinging ovaries, would I want to?

The next day we took all five kids, 5 years and under, to an indoor play centre on a cold and rainy Sunday and that pretty much answered the question for me.

Anyway, I figured a tired mum of three would love me forever if I took dinner for everyone so I made this slow roast lamb the day before and it was a killer on a winter’s evening. Click here for the recipe and enjoy!

What’s your favourite thing to cook when you are helping out a friend by giving her a home cooked meal?

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  • Lol, a surprise ending there! An article about pinging ovaries and it ends up being about a great recipe. I would probably take apricot chicken. It’s quick, easy and cheap to make up in bulk. Finish it of with mashed potato and veggies. Pretty much a crowd pleaser


  • Something simple like a lasagna or a beef stew.


  • I stay simple and make a bolognese sauce for pasta or I make a lasagna.


  • how beutiful blue eyes has this child got


  • we say aching ovaries….. it really is a thing isnt it!


  • i looked after 3 kids under 11 once and that was enough for me to take my one newborn back lol


  • A Nanny now in life I be, so no twinging ovaries for me! but remember how I used to be, time is learning curve to see. Now when young Mum’s come to visit me, nice to pamper them you see. Have something prepared before they get there. So I can with their children or babies play (kid inside me any way) so they can relax and enjoy a break. Then some home made food to eat,While they can sit and put up their feet. The food can be warm and nourishing a casserole or stew if it is winter, if it is spring maybe a nibble platter to eat.Summer cold food,salad in a bowl or sandwiches and iced tea, maybe.. No effort for them or me. Played yesterday with my friends 6 year old, was good fun, as she sang and told me jokes. Left me a love note as I look at as I write this ode. ENJOYED the visit we had time to share and catch up, on memories we did and still do share


  • looking exellent


  • I will always love the smell of a little baby and their soft skin and soft fine hair. I can get clucky too! When you are my age you can get as clucky as and it does not matter because it cant go anywhere! I am 67! lol!!!


  • looking sweet


  • Love the 10 second rule in theory, but I just couldn’t do it. Newborn babies are the best thing ever, their smell, their soft skin. I could so do that again in a heart beat.


  • LOVE a roast lamb or a roast pork.. my comfort food in Winter that I miss


  • I love cooking roast chook. You can eat it in so many ways if you get left overs.


  • I have to refrain from holding babies!


  • Casseroles are my favourite thing to cook to help out a friend/family member.


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